Kapil Dev Part Of Panel To Pick India Women’s Cricket Team Coach

Kapil Dev Part Of Panel To Pick India Women

The BCCI confirmed the news on Tuesday. © PTI/File Photo

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday confirmed the formation of an ad-hoc committee, comprising India’s first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, former opener Anshuman Gaekwad and ex-Indian women cricketer Shantha Rangaswamy, to pick the head coach of the Indian women’s team. The interviews will be conducted on December 20 at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the ad-hoc committee to conduct the interviews of the eligible candidates for the selection of head coach for Team India (Senior Women),” the board announced in a statement.

The Indian women’s team was recently embroiled in a controversy after the World T20 semi-final exit.

The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side failed to enter the final after going down meekly to England in the semis, post which veteran batswoman Mithali Raj lashed out at the current coach Ramesh Powar’s behaviour towards her, describing it as “unfair and discriminatory”.

The deadline for applying for the women’s team head coach expires December 14 and till now the names of former India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar and ex-South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs have been doing the rounds.

(With IANS inputs)

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Harmanpreet Kaur Takes The Women’s Big Bash League By Storm With A Blazing Knock. Watch Video

Harmanpreet Kaur Takes The Women

Harmanpreet Kaur was recently involved in a spat with Mithali Raj. © ICC/Twitter

Harmanpreet Kaur continues to make headlines as she wreaked havoc during a Women’s Big Bash League clash between Sydney Thunder Women and Brisbane Heat Women at the North Sydney Oval on Sunday. Coming in to bat at No.3, Harmanpreet smashed her way to a 26-ball 56, a knock that comprised six boundaries and three sixes at a strike rate of 215.38. The blitzkrieg ensured Sydney Thunder eventually beat Brisbane Heat by 28 runs. A video of the knock was posted on Twitter by Cricket Australia. Watch:

Harmanpreet had recently extended her association with Sydney Thunder and will continue to represent them while Smriti Mandhana had been lapped up the by Hobart Hurricanes. Harmanpreet was the top scorer for Thunder in the second season. She had amassed 296 runs from 12 innings with an average of 59.20 and was adjudged Thunder’s Player of the Tournament during that edition. Mandhana, on the other hand, previously appeared for Brisbane Heat in the second edition of the WBBL.

Harmanpreet has also been in the news for her widely discussed tiff with Mithali Raj. The T20 captain had dropped Mithali for the ICC World T20 semi-final against England, which India went on to lose. The move raised eyebrows in cricketing circles, subsequently snowballing into a controversy that dragged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Committee of Administrators into the exchange.

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Ramesh Powar May Not Get Extension As Women’s Team Coach

Ramesh Powar, coach of the Indian women’s cricket team, is unlikely to get an extension in his contract. Powar’s contract, which ends on Friday, may not be renewed by the board as per media reports. “Powar should have spoken to Mithali instead of dropping her straightaway after a phone call from Mumbai on the day of the day of the match. This isn’t cricket,” the Times of India quoted a source as saying. “Powar’s conflict with Mithali has ensured that he can’t continue as the coach of India,” the TOI report added.

Ramesh Powar was involved in a spat with Mithali Raj after she was dropped from the playing XI for the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-final in the West Indies recently.

That snowballed into a big controversy. Mithali, after being dropped from the team, in a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) alleged that Powar had humiliated her during the Women’s World T20.

“For the first time in a 20 year long career, I felt deflated, depressed and let down. I am forced to think if my services to my country are of any value to a few people in power who are out to destroy me and break my confidence,” Mithali wrote in a letter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Cricket Operations GM Saba Karim.

In reply to the allegations Powar said that Mithali blackmailed the coaches and put her interests ahead of the team.

Powar stated that Mithali “could not understand and adapt to team plan. She ignored her role and batted for her own milestones. Lack of keeping the momentum going which was putting extra pressure on other batters. Worked really hard as a coach to address her power hitting, batting skills and running between the wickets in almost every session.

“In practice games, she was struggling to score quickly, as wickets were low bounce and slow. The intent was missing. Could not lean and execute shots due to limited ability in skills and fitness,” Powar wrote.

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Ramesh Powar’s Tenure Ends, BCCI Invites Applications For Women’s Team Coach

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday invited applications for the position of the Indian women’s team head coach after current coach Ramesh Powar‘s term ended today as reported by ANI. Tom Moody, Dav Whatmore and Venkatesh Prasad are some of the names that the Indian Cricket Board are considering at the moment, according to PTI. The vacancy comes in the wake of the bitter spat between veteran cricketer Mithali Raj and coach Ramesh Powar. After Mithali was dropped from the playing XI for the World T20 semifinal, she alleged that Powar was “out to destroy her” while the coach countered by questioning the “conduct” of the team’s senior most player, saying that she threatened to retire on being denied the opening slot and threw tantrums.

“BCCI would like to call upon interested candidates to apply for the position of ‘Head Coach – Team India (Senior Women)’. Interested candidates should send their application on or before Friday, 14th December, 2018 by 5 pm at [email protected]

The interview of the shortlisted candidates will be held on Thursday, 20th December, 2018 at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. 

The appointment of Head Coach – Team India (Senior Women) will be a full time engagement. The contract term is for 2 years with age limit of 60 years (whichever is earlier). The remuneration is negotiable and will be commensurated with experience,” the BCCI posted on its website.

Powar, a former India off-spinner, was appointed coach in August after Tushar Arothe quit following differences with the senior players over training methods.

Venkatesh Prasad has previously worked with the Indian cricket team bowlers while Whatmore guided Sri Lanka to their only ODI World Cup triumph back in 1996.

Requirements listed by the BCCI is that the candidate should have the experience of coaching an international team for a period of minimum one season or a T20 franchise for minimum two seasons.

The requirements also state the candidate should have “a proven ability to manage and interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures, should have represented India or any other country at international level or should be a NCA Level ‘C’ certified coach or have a similar certification from a reputed organisation/institute and a minimum of 50 FC games”.

The interview will be held on December 20 at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. The appointment will be a full-time engagement and the contract term is for two years with age limit of 60 years.

(With PTI Inputs)

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Ganguly Reacts To Mithali Raj’s Exclusion From India’s Semi-Final Squad In Women’s World T20

The Indian women’s cricket team lost to England in the ICC World T20 semi-final by eight wickets. While the loss squashed India’s chances of lifting their maiden World T20 title, the omission of veteran cricketer Mithali Raj from the playing XI grabbed eyeballs for all the wrong reasons. Commenting on the issue, former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said that he was not surprised by Mithali’s exclusion. Reiterating his point, Ganguly said, “The best in the world are at times show the door”.

“No! I have also sat out in the dugout after captaining India. When I saw Mithali Raj being dropped, I said ‘Welcome to the group’,” Ganguly said.

Citing his example during the Greg Chappell era, Ganguly said, “Captains are asked to sit, so just do it. I have done it in Faisalabad. I didn’t play an ODI game for 15 months when I was probably the best performer in one-day cricket… It happens in life. The best in the world are at times shown the door,” Ganguly said, recalling the 2006 second Test against Pakistan.

Ganguly, however, said Mithali will get an opportunity again.

“You should always remember you’re best because you did something and there’s an opportunity again. So, I am not too disappointed seeing Mithali being asked to sit out. I have not been disappointed to see the reactions on the ground,” the 46-year-old said.

“But I am disappointed because India lost the semifinals because I thought they had the team to go the distance. It happens as they say there’s no guarantee in life. Do the best,” Ganguly further added.

(With IANS Inputs)

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Virat Kohli Has Words Of Motivation For The Indian Women’s Team Ahead Of Semi-Final vs England

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Virat Kohli extended his wishes for the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side. © AFP

Virat Kohli has some words of motivation for the Indian team ahead of the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-final against England on Friday. Hoping India cross the semi-final and the final hurdle, Kohli said the team looks in good spirit and hopes they keep playing the same way. “Wishing our women’s cricket team all the best for the semi-final against England, and it’s been a great campaign, the 50-over had been a great campaign as well. I hope we can cross this hurdle then cross the final hurdle as well, which we could not in the 50-over format,” Kohli said in an interview to BCCI.

“So I wish our girls all the best and keep up the exciting cricket and team spirit,” Kohli added.

On Friday, Indian women’s cricket team will look to take the revenge of the 2017 World Cup final loss to England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led team won four consecutive matches to top Group B and qualify for the final four.

In the Women’s World Cup 2017, the Mithali Raj-led India suffered a nine-run loss to England in the summit clash at Lord’s.

India women have been impressive in the ongoing World T20I so far as they beat two formidable teams in their group — New Zealand by 34 runs and Australia by 48 runs.

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ICC Women’s World T20: Tayla Vlaeminck Takes An Absolute Stunner To Dismiss Veda Krishnamurthy

India continued their winning run in the ICC Women’s World T20 by beating three-time Champions Australia by 48 runs to seal the top spot in Group B on Saturday. However, the most brilliant moment of the match came out of the Australian camp when their fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck took a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Veda Krishnamurthy in the final group stage match of the tournament in Guyana, West Indies. 

In the 16th over, Krishnamurthy played a powerful hook shot on a short-pitched delivery by spinner Ashleigh Gardner, hoping to clear the covers for a boundary.

Vlaeminck, who was making her debut for Australia in the T20Is, was fielding at the backward square leg. She jumped backwards, stretching out her right hand to grab the ball in the mid-air, ending of Krishnamurthy’s innings just for 3 runs.

Earlier, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and opted to bat. 

Smriti Mandhana, who was struggling with the bat, came to the fore with a brilliant knock of 83 from just 55 deliveries, and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur chipped in with an explosive 27-ball 43 before the bowlers did a fine job to bowl Australia out for 119.

Although both teams had already qualified for the semi-final stage, the victory against Australia will be a confidence-boost for India going into the knockouts. 

By virtue of this win, India topped Group B with eight points while Australia find themselves in the second spot with six points.

The side led by Harmanpreet Kaur will next face either West Indies or England in the semifinal on Thursday.

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Women’s Panel Find Lacunae In Sexual Harassment Of Women At Workplace Act

Amid the #MeToo storm, the NCW took up the review of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act.

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Some key issues identified in a consultation held by the National Commission of Women (NCW) on the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act were that it was not clear on “prevention” and there was no authority to ensure a proper mechanism for monitoring its implementation.

Amid the #MeToo storm, the NCW had decided to take up the review of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 to examine whether its existing provisions require any amendments. 

“In light of the commission receiving petitions from women explaining past experiences of sexual harassment at their workplaces, and also considering the recent spurt in sexual harassment reported in the media, it was decided to take up the review of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act,” the NCW said.

The consultation saw the participation of experts, including judges Sujata Manohar (retired), G Rohini (retired),  Anuradha Paul, Assistant Solicitor General of India, Meghalaya and other stakeholders.

The experts held deliberations on the various lacunae identified in the act and made recommendations for its proper implementation in addressing the issues of sexual harassment of women at all workplaces in the country. 

The act is not clear on “prevention” and there is no authority to ensure a proper mechanism for monitoring its implementation are some of the key issues identified in a consultation, the statement said.

The consultation also expressed dissatisfaction with the composition of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC).

“Options available to the victim, if she is not satisfied with the process of inquiry and report by the ICC is not clearly defined in the act. Monitoring authority and appellate authority must be defined and established, like a nodal agency,” they recommended.

The conciliation clause in the act has to be reviewed and there is a lack of awareness among majority of the employees working both in organised and unorganised sector, it said. 

The #MeToo movement started with actor Tanushree Dutta accusing another actor Nana Patekar of harassing her during the shooting of a Bollywood film in 2008. Mr Patekar has denied the allegations.

The movement intensified sharply as more and more women coming forward with their complaints against men in seats of power in various institutions, including in entertainment, media and advertising.

Journalist-turned-politician M J Akbar had to resign as the minister of state for external affairs following a spate of complaints of alleged sexual harassment during his tenure as editor of various media publications.

He has denied the allegations and has even dragged one of the complainants to court with a defamation case.

Other prominent personalities who have been accused of sexual misconduct include Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan, Alok Nath, Suhel Seth and Jatin Das, all of whom have denied the allegations even as multiple women have spoken out against them.

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ICC Womens World T20 : स्मृति मंधाना के 83 रन से भारत ने ऑस्ट्रेलिया को हराया

प्रोविडेन्स (गयाना) : सलामी बल्लेबाज स्मृति मंधाना के करियर की सर्वश्रेष्ठ 83 रन की पारी के बाद गेंदबाजों के मिश्रित प्रदर्शन से भारत ने आईसीसी महिला विश्व टी-20 के ग्रुप बी मैच में शनिवार को ऑस्ट्रेलिया को 48 रन से करारी शिकस्त दी. लगातार चौथी जीत के साथ ही भारतीय टीम ग्रुप तालिका में शीर्ष पर है और 22 नवंबर को होने वाले सेमीफाइनल में उसका सामना वेस्टइंडीज और इंग्लैंड के बीच होने वाले मैच में हारने वाली टीम से होगा. भारत ने पहले बल्लेबाजी करते हुए आठ विकेट पर 167 रन का चुनौतीपूर्ण स्कोर खड़ा करने के बाद ऑस्ट्रेलिया की पारी को 19.4 ओवर में 119 रन पर समेट दिया.

प्लेयर ऑफ द मैच मंधाना ने 55 गेंद की पारी में नौ चौके और तीन छक्के लगाये. कप्तान हरमनप्रीत कौर ने भी मंधाना का शानदार तरीके से साथ दिया. उन्होंने 27 गेंद में 43 रन की तेज तर्रार पारी खेलने के अलावा तीसरे विकेट के लिए मंधाना के साथ 68 रन की साझेदारी की. इसके बाद अनुजा पाटिल (15 रन पर तीन विकेट) के नेतृत्व में स्पिनरों के शानदार प्रदर्शन के दम पर ऑस्ट्रेलिया की पारी को 19.4 ओवर में नौ विकेट पर 119 रन रोक दिया. पूनम यादव (28 रन पर दो विकेट), राधा यादव (13 रन पर दो विकेट) और दीप्ति शर्मा (24 रन पर दो विकेट).

ऑस्ट्रेलिया के लिए एलिसा हीली बल्लेबाजी करने नहीं आयी. वह भारतीय पारी के 19वें ओवर में ओवर में कैच लेने की कोशिश में बेथ मूनी से टकरा कर चोटिल हो गयी थी. जीत के लिए 168 रन का पीछा करने उतरी ऑस्ट्रेलिया के लिए फार्म में चल रही हीली की गैरमौजूदगी में मूनी (19) और एलिसे विलानी (06) ने पारी की शुरूआत की. दोनों ने चार ओवर में 27 रन जोड़े. दीप्ति ने पांचवें ओवर की शुरूआती दो गेंदों पर दोनों सलामी बल्लेबाजों को चलता किया. कप्तान मेग लानिंग (10) भी कुछ खास नहीं कर सकीं और राधा की गेंद पर कृष्णामूर्ति ने उनका शानदार कैच लपका. पूनम ने इसके बाद एशले गार्डनर (20) को चलता किया. गर्डनर का कैच भी कृष्णामूर्ति ने लिया. एक छोर पर एलिसे पेरी (नाबाद 39) टिकी रहीं लेकिन दूसरे छोर से भारतीय गेंदबाजों ने विकेट चटकाना जारी रखा. उन्होंने 28 गेंद की पारी में तीन चौके और एक छक्का लगाया.

इससे पहले भारतीय पारी के दौरान एशले गार्डनर (25 रन पर दो विकेट) ने दूसरे ओवर में ही सलामी बल्लेबाज तान्या भाटिया (02) को कप्तान मेग लानिंग के हाथों कैच कराया. स्मृति मंधाना ने एक छोर से आक्रामक बल्लेबाजी करना जारी रखा जिससे भारत ने पहने पावर प्ले में एक विकेट के नुकसान पर 46 रन बना लिये. पावर प्ले के अगले ही ओवर में जेमिमा रौद्रिगेज (06) को डेलिसा किमिंस (42 रन पर दो विकट) ने पवेलियन का रास्ता दिखाया. मंधाना और रौद्रिगेज ने 44 रन की साझेदारी की. मंधाना ने 10वें ओवर की दूसरी गेंद पर चौका लगाकर अपना अर्धशतक पूरा किया. दो विकेट गिरने के बाद बल्लेबाली के लिए आयी हरमनप्रीत ने अपनी पारी की शुरूआत में मोलिने की गेंद पर छक्का लगाकर अपने आक्रामक रूख का परिचय दिया. इस दौरान मंधाना ने चौका लगाकर 31 गेंद में अपना अर्धशतक पूरा किया.

हरमनप्रीत 14वें ओवर की तीसरी गेंद पर किमिंस का शिकार बन गयी. उनका कैच हैंस ने लपका. अगले ही ओवर में मंधाना को भी मैदानी अंपायर ने पगबाधा आउट दे दिया लेकिन वीडियो समीक्षा में गेंद लेग स्टंप के बाहर टप्पा खाती दिखी और अंपायर को अपना फैसला वापस लेना पड़ा. इस दौरान वह टी20 अंतरराष्ट्रीय में मिताली राज के बाद सबसे तेज 1000 रन का आंकड़ा छूने वाली भारतीय खिलाड़ी बनी.

मंधाना ने इसके बाद 18वें ओवर में एक छक्का और एक चौका लगाकर 17 रन जुटाए. वह हालांकि अगले ही ओवर में शट (30 रन पर एक विकेट) की गेंद पर आउट हो गयी. मंधाना और हरमनप्रीत के अलावा कोई अन्य भारतीय बल्लेबाज अपना प्रभाव नहीं छोड़ सका. टीम ने हालांकि वेदा कृष्णमूर्ति, डायलान हेमलता, दीप्ति शर्मा और अरूंधति रेड्डे का विकेट जल्दी-जल्दी गवां दिया जिसके कारण टीम अंतिम ओवरों में तेजी से रन नहीं जुटा सकी. इन में तीन खिलाड़ियों का विकेट एलिसे पेरी ने लिया जो ऑस्ट्रेलिया की सबसे सफल गेंदबाज रही.

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